Truth About Writing Real Life Stories by Jill Chamberlain

Film Courage: Do facts make good stories?

Jill Chamberlain, Script Consultant/Author/Writer: Facts are tricky. I think the hardest stories to break are ones that are based on real-life events.

I have a philosophy a little bit with my students and clients that when it comes to research I say Wikipedia It And Be Done! The more you know sometimes is a problem actually. Now that is going to work with some stories better than others. You can have a lot more freedom if you’re going to write about William Wallace where there are very few written records at that time and you can have an enormous amount of freedom with something like BRAVEHEART because we knew very little about the man. Versus if you are going to do a story about Elton John, someone who is actually living and whose facts a lot of us know…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).


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